Hometown: Owatonna, Minn.
Piece: Camille Saint-Saëns — Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 33, I. Allegro non troppo
Why do you love to perform?
When I was about six years old, I started taking violin lessons, but I didn't like the high and screechy sounds I made as a beginner. After a broken arm ended my short violin career, I discovered the deep, warm, and rich sounds of the cello. I fell in love instantly. I enjoy every minute I get to play my cello and always have a blast when doing so. I like working on a challenging piece, getting it all polished up, and then sharing it with others. Performing gives me the chance to do that.